Transfer emails from Outlook account to Gmail account (Using IMAP)

Exporting emails from Outlook 

First you will need to export your emails from your outlook account so that you can import them in your Gmail account.

  1. Open the outlook desktop client.

  2. Log in using your outlook account.

  3. Click on File >  Open & Export > Import/Export.

  4. After clicking on export the import and Export Wizard will open. On the wizard Select Export to a file and then click next

  5. Create a file of type option select Outlook Data File (. pst) and select the folder you want to export. 

     Note : In the Image attached we are exporting the Inbox folder

Enabling IMAP your Gmail account  

To transfer emails to your Gmail account, you will first need to be able to log into the Outlook Desktop Client (Outlook's Desktop App) . After enabling Imap you should be able to use your Gmail account on the Outlook Desktop Client. 

  1. Click on an internet browser of your choice ( can be Google Chrome, Edge, Safari etc.) Google to

  2. Log into to google using your Gmail account.

  3. Click on Settings > See all settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP

  4. On the Forwarding and POP/IMAP Enable IMAP and click on Save Changes

Importing emails to your Gmail account

  1. Open the Outlook Desktop Client.

  2. Click on File > Add Account

  3. Enter your gmail and click on connect 

  4. Enter your information and then click next 

  5. After logging your Gmail account into the outlook app you might need to restart the Outlook Desktop Client 

  6. After you have restarted the desktop client, click on File > Open & Export > Import/Export

  7. On the Import and Export Wizard select Import from another program or file

  8. On Select file type to import from, choose Outlook Data File(. pst).

  9. On File to Import select the file you exported from your outlook account and in options choose Replace duplicates with items imported

  10. On Select folder to import from, Select Outlook data file and choose Import Items into the same folder as your gmail.


This process is primarily used by those looking to move all of their university emails to an external account due to account deactivation when they graduate. This can be used to move all emails from their student email address to their alumni email address.